The operation followed similar raid on a criminal network on January 3, when police seized 55 kilograms of cannabis resin.
Rabat – Moroccan police arrested one suspect for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking in Tan-Tan, southern Morocco, on Monday, January 6.
Investigations identified the house located in a Sahrawi region, 12 kilometers southwest of the city of Tan-Tan.
The house was used as a “backbase for storing drugs and marine equipment used in smuggling.”
Police also seized four inflatable boats, five engines, 12 containers of gasoline and a vehicle, as well as a hunting rifle.
Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the case and arrest possible accomplices.
The raid was in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), the DGSN statement added.
The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to combat drug trafficking and other organized crimes across Morocco.
On January 3, police arrested six suspects for their alleged links with an international drug trafficking network.
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DGSN said that the six suspects attempted to murder a person in Laayoune in December 2019.
Police also seized 55 kilograms of cannabis from the vehicle suspects.
In addition to drugs, police also seized two Kalashnikovs, bullet packages, and knives.
Police carried out dozens of operations throughout the year to combat drug smuggling.
DGSN handled 12,049 drug-related cases in 2019.
Police also seized 179,657 tons of cannabis and its derivatives last year. The number represents an increase of 127 tons compared to 2018.
Security units seized hard drugs, including 542,455 kilograms of cocaine, 7,196 kilograms of heroin, and 1,407,451 psychotropic tablets, including 974,983 ecstasy tablets imported from Europe.